Author: Ralph Bivins

Ralph Bivins is a freelance writer based in Houston. He is a prolific blogger and veteran journalist who covered real estate and economic development as a staffer at the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News for two decades. He is a past president of the National Association of Real Estate Editors. He blogs at and posts on Twitter at @RNRBulletin.

Articles by Ralph Bivins

  • The Economics Underlying the Texas Boom
    Published on July 07, 2014 in Infrastructure
    Extracting oil and natural gas from shale is just one driver of the state's latest glory days.
  • In Focus: LPL Financial at La Jolla Commons
    Published on April 18, 2013 in Sustainability
    Hines is undertaking the largest and most ambitious of the new net-zero energy-producing buildings in the United States—a 13-story office tower in San Diego. The 415,000-square-foot (38,555 sq m) building, slated for completion in 2014, will employ high-performance design and on-site fuel cells that will convert methane gas into electricity.
  • Untapped Market in Smaller Green Retrofits
    Published on April 18, 2013 in Sustainability
    While many "green" building techniques have become the norm for new construction, panelists at a recent ULI forum say significant opportunities exist for upgrading or retrofitting buildings with green systems and technology.